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One of my two examples of the Helbi brand, this one probably made by Elida and running on a 17j FHF 72-4N, the other probably produced under licence (or other arrangement) by the German maker Paul Werbeck and driven by a German-made PUW 60-61.

The triangular trademark logo on today’s wearer is inverted compared to the other one but they can’t be anything other than related. Both were bought from Belgium and date from around the early 1960s.


Helbi G.p. 2020 2 v.3.jpg

Helbi g.p.          FHF 72-4N v.3.jpg

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ORIENT STAR, WZ0311PF, cal.597 21 Jewels



OMEGA Railmaster CO-AXIAL CHRONOMETER, cal.2403 27 Jewels 




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This AskAniA 17J AS 1220, which I'm trying on an old Excalibur expanding bracelet. I think because of the long straight 16mm lugs, it's hard to find a strap that suits it.

AskAniA was a German engineering company that made optical instruments like theodolites, film cameras, industrial gas central heating systems beloved of Swiss hoteliers and aircraft instruments, but not, as far as I can see, watches. After WWII the company was split up amongst the allies, but in 1946 a Francis Hoffman turned up near Zurich trading as AskAniA Watch, using the old company's logo. He confused things by moving to Neuchatel, changing the name to 'Ascania' in 1959 and using the sub-brand 'Wehrmacht', which gives chancers on Ebay all sorts of opportunities for fantasy. Most of his trademarks were sold to Hebe Watch in the 1980s. The watch company currently trading as AskAniA in Berlin is something completely different.



Hoffmann AscAniA advert that vintageads had for sale on Ebay.



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